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Coalition urges Congress to repeal medical device tax

April 24, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The Organized Dentistry Coalition is once again asking Congress to repeal the medical device tax.

In an April 23 letter to Senators Pat Toomey, R-Penn., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., Richard Hudson, R-N.C., Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., the coalition — led by the Academy of General Dentistry — urged lawmakers to permanently repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices set to take effect at the end of the year.

“As dentists, we are deeply concerned about the adverse impact the medical device tax paid by manufacturers, importers and producers of certain dental devices will have on patient care, innovation and cost,” the groups wrote.

If the tax goes into effect, the coalition believes manufacturers would have “no choice but to offset these new costs by increasing the prices of the materials, supplies and equipment sold to dental practices,” which would not only affect dentists and the dental industry, but patients as well.  

“As you are aware, this tax was established by the Affordable Care Act, a law designed to decrease overall health care costs and make affordable treatment more readily available to those currently left out of the system,” the groups wrote. “Unfortunately, this tax has resulted in the opposite effect. Now is the time when we should be doing all that we can to expand access to critical health services, such as oral care, not adding an extra barrier in the form of an arbitrary tax that unnecessarily drives up costs.”

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